10 rules for being a bad moderator

Kentaurus

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Far from being a set of rules these are some guidelines that I wrote about "how to be a bad moderator", they don't cover every topic and is only an approach of what not-to-do.

I give them to my moderators. Some of them told me "wow, I never though about that" or "well.. most of them are obvious". Sometimes it is easier to think about what we don't like
  1. Don't visit the forums you are moderating often. Twice a month is enough. Nobody cares.
  2. Don't start new threads at your forum. That's the users' responsibility. You are only there for editing and deleting threads.
  3. Argue with users as much as you can. You don't have anything to loose since you are the moderator. Never bring personal matters to private messages. And remember that your opinion is the only one that counts.
  4. Don't respect the other members, make fun of them. If they make spelling errors then criticize them, if they have a poor or unargumented opinion destroy them with words. If they ask for help about using the forum don't help them.
  5. If nobody answers a thread don't answer yourself, the user didn't wanted an answer anyway.
  6. If a user makes a dupe thread in the forum don't be nice, it's the users’ fault not to know the 40+ pages that the forum has in search of a similar thread. And never ever give him a link to the content he is searching for.
  7. Don't edit the bad words in posts. Fights are fun!
  8. If a user is misbehaving ban him immediately, don't try sending him a private message or a warning, it's useless.
  9. Close all the threads you want. Users love to see closed threads.
  10. A way to be cool is to talk about the private forum threads in the public forum. Administrators love the fact that you tell all the users about the content of the private threads.
Feel free to comment on them or add any that I am missing. Remember that the purpose is to be a really bad moderator ;)
 

Catch-22

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That's a good start, dude. :biglaugh:

At one time or another, I have regrettably seen all of these behaviors.
 

AngelAmidala

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Wow!!!

I'd like to share some of that with my staff...or at least our upper level staff to keep in mind when they are dealing with moderator issues. Would I be allowed?
 

Kentaurus

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Sure, there is no problem.

If I didn't want to share it I wouldn't have posted it ;)
 

Viper

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Thanks for that interesting bit of information.

I've posted it in our Moderator's Forum so they can look at it. I want to see some of the reactions. :)
 

sifuhall

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I will copy this to my moderator forum as well.

Thanks for sharing.
 

SaN-DeeP

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lol nice one ^_^

can someone reverse it and post again. will be helpful :)
 

floris

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Kentaurus said:
Far from being a set of rules these are some guidelines that I wrote about "how to be a bad moderator", they don't cover every topic and is only an approach of what not-to-do.

I give them to my moderators. Some of them told me "wow, I never though about that" or "well.. most of them are obvious". Sometimes it is easier to think about what we don't like
  1. Don't visit the forums you are moderating often. Twice a month is enough. Nobody cares.
  2. Don't start new threads at your forum. That's the users' responsibility. You are only there for editing and deleting threads.
  3. Argue with users as much as you can. You don't have anything to loose since you are the moderator. Never bring personal matters to private messages. And remember that your opinion is the only one that counts.
  4. Don't respect the other members, make fun of them. If they make spelling errors then criticize them, if they have a poor or unargumented opinion destroy them with words. If they ask for help about using the forum don't help them.
  5. If nobody answers a thread don't answer yourself, the user didn't wanted an answer anyway.
  6. If a user makes a dupe thread in the forum don't be nice, it's the users’ fault not to know the 40+ pages that the forum has in search of a similar thread. And never ever give him a link to the content he is searching for.
  7. Don't edit the bad words in posts. Fights are fun!
  8. If a user is misbehaving ban him immediately, don't try sending him a private message or a warning, it's useless.
  9. Close all the threads you want. Users love to see closed threads.
  10. A way to be cool is to talk about the private forum threads in the public forum. Administrators love the fact that you tell all the users about the content of the private threads.
Feel free to comment on them or add any that I am missing. Remember that the purpose is to be a really bad moderator ;)
This is great! Besides a positive thinking thread I am working on, these additional points could do so well in there for my staff. I will link to this thread so they can get the full scope :) Thank you for sharing.
 

David

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I passed these on to the Senior Members and Moderators at my fav forum (http://www.ocforums.com) where I am a senior member and came up with a set for senior members.

Official guidelines for being made a senior member from forum rules:
Want to become a Senior Member? Here is what the moderators and staff look for when appointing Senior Members: (In order of importance)

1. A willingness to help others, particularly when an individual has little personal interest in the topic or problem. As when a Senior helps a beginner with a problem which has been discussed many times in the past.
2. A demonstrated patience and reserve in dealing with disagreeable people.
3. The ability to discuss or disagree in a topic on the basis of REASON rather than personal attacks, which never further knowledge, but can only wound hearts.
4.A reasonable to good back ground in overclocking and cooling combined with a general knowledge of hardware as a whole.
5. Approximately three - four months in our forum. Time to demonstrate a continuing interest in our forum and allow us to determine the presence of the afore mentioned qualities.
David's How Not To Be A Senior Guide:

1) Rules no longer apply. They are for mere mortal members to follow and for the admins and mods to enforce. **** all to do with us.

2) Newbs are scum, and should be treated as such. We dont need new members so do your best to make them unwelcome. Bonus points for making them cry.

3) Members really like to know whats going on in the Blue Room. It is your job to make sure that they know the most intimate details of everything that happens here.

4) Moderators deserve no respect. They have green stars because they eat bogies. Ignore them wherever possible. Bonus points for making them bypass the swear filter.

5) When you see a flame war join in, for you are a senior and can say whatever you want. The swear filter and no personal attack rules do not have to be followed if you are a senior. Make sure to make fun of their mothers! Bypass filters as well!

6) Members like to know what movies and appz you downloaded. Please give out serial numbers, cracks and keygens at every given opportunity. Share with the community!

7) Porn is good. Porn in public threads is better!

8) Members are scum, (see rule #1) and it is you duty to describe this to your fellow seniors in the privacy of the blue room. Where they cant get back at you! Aces!

9) Post as much as possible. Post threads on any subject possible. Reply to every thread at least with "yea thats right" or "lol". The higher your postcount, the better!!! For extra bonus points then report every post in the thread to the moderators. Lazy ****s don't work anyway.

10) Your posts should be no longer that 20 characters and contribute nothing to the thread. You are above the rules, and dont need to do that ***** "helpful" **** thing all the time any more. There are plenty of idiot members to reply to the threads with useful things. If anyone comments on your behavious, reply along the lines of "Shut up, I'm a senior so **** off"
 

Forumgeek

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11. If you have a falling out with a board member, your primary responsibility now is to do everything you can to make that member and their friends feel like crap. Start baiting them to argue with you in public threads. After doing this for a while, call a truce and act like everything is okay. Then when the drama seems over, start again, only up it a little: Start deleting their posts or at least disagree with every post they make even if they're making indisputably good points. Gather a group of mods to help you out. You and your co-mods delete the members post and the posts of their friends. If the person you don't like is another moderator, great! Accuse them being the one deleting all the posts (delete some of yours too so you so you really have a leg to stand on), and come up with alobis so you look like you can't be the culprit. Do this until they're removed from mod status. Keep torturing the member, accusing them of wrongdoings until they actually get banned. Continue with their friends until they either leave or get banned as well. Keep talking publically about the member you fell out with so that new people come to hate that member even though they never talked to them. When you see a newbie you don't like for whatever reason, go on and on and on about how they're the member you fell out with and subsequently banned. Despite them arguing that they've never heard of this person, keep going on and on and on. When you have the whole board convinced that the newbie is the banned member, ban them. Anytime someone disagrees with you, accuse them of being associated with the member with whom you have had the falling out.

I've seen this whole scenario. Needless to say I no longer participate at that board.
 

DaveMo

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Thanks for that. It's all thought provoking! I've shared with our mods, too.
 
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